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Grateful Pale Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

330 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 7
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: TheBigBoy on 04-10-2013

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Ratings: 330 | Reviews: 41
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Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a nonic a clear medium golden with a thinner white head atop.Some nice floral hop notes in the nose with a bit of toasted grain and biscuit malt,light but pleasant.Citrusy hops with a bit of tangerine at the onset of the palate with sweet biscuit malts a smack of toasted grain in the finish.I don't think this beer is bad at all it's light and somewhat refreshing on a sweaty ass humid day like today.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #77 (June 2013):

LOOK: Bright clear gold, excellent head

SMELL: Piney, orange peel, blond tobacco, parsley, faint green onion, light resin, crackers

TASTE: Very crisp, hop resin, bread crust, hop oil, herbal, earthy, minty, lighter bodied, dry, ample hop bitterness, lychee fruit, green tea, faintly spicy, long-lasting hop finish

Hopping ranges from old school to popular, far-away to the usual, with the additions of Chinook, Centennial, Topaz and Cascade. A very sessionable APA for the hopheads; a whole lot of fun knocking this one back. Starr Hill should think about making this a year-round option.

Photo of Mantooth
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a cask at Duckworth's, Huntersville, NC, into an American pint glass.

Pours cloudy and golden with a viscous head and thick sticky lacing. There's a lot to like here, loads of piney citrus notes from the hops please both the nose and the mouth. There are also notes of bread, green tea and hints of onion. No idea how this compares to the kegged version, but this is a damn nice and creamy brew I could drink all day. I highly recommend you try this if you see it.

Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle.
Pours pale golden in color with a decent head.

Has a fine hoppy aroma with a touch of sweet malts.

Flavor: A typcial APA with an average hop level.

Feel: thin body is too watery.

O: A disappointing offering from a brewery that has some much better beers.

Photo of dacrza1
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

DATE REVIEWED: July 12, 2014... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: return from a great day at Point Pleasant--tired but thirsty...APPEARANCE: pours a bright, almost completely clear orange-yellow with crisscross effervescence; white head flames up the glass after thinning out efficiently; little lacing... AROMA: melon and bubblegum invade the nostrils; flowery hints of springtime and perfume--an attractive start... PALATE: a bit hard at the start, forcing expectations to more of an IPA--but thin at the end, with a lagerish aftertaste...in essence, a slightly uncomfortable mouthfeel... TASTE: dishwasher lemon zest comes through most prominently with some hay mown in; an odd, lagerish malty quality hovers at the edge of each sip; slightly sour ... OVERALLL: the "grateful" appellation suggests to me that something is owing to the Dead's legacy, musical or otherwise, but this ale offers a slightly disjointed flavor profile, with enough syrupy, candied sweetness to challenge the drinker towards the next sip--not the goal of a pale ale...

Photo of secondtooth
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean golden-amber, with a thick, frothy 2 fingers of head. Beautiful and detailed lace.

Nose is nice herbal and floral hops. Inviting.

Taste is well-hopped, but it's not an overwhelming nor bitter hops character. This one is nicely balanced with plenty of malt presence.

The body is medium to heavy, and this is a solid and enjoyable pale ale. Well-done!

Photo of citizencane
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very good pale ale. Some fruit, some pine, and it blends together with a good mouthfeel to make a damn good beer. Mikeller Better Half takes piney and fruity flavors and blends them well; this takes them, blends them well, and adds a thirst-quenching not cloying mouthfeel. Would drink again, especially considering I love pale ales.

Photo of ordybill
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Had a mix of hops and citrus, pretty good smelling.
Appearance- A clear yellow/orange with a small whitehead.
Taste- Has that citrus note mixed with hops, and a small biscuit flavor tossed in.
Palate- A light to medium bodied brew with medium carbonation.
Overall- A good beer, I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

Photo of hophugger
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with average head and really nice, clingy lacing. Aroma is hoppy and some citrus, very refreshing. Taste is pine hops, resin, grapefruit, bread malt. Feels great on the palate and a nice sessionable ale. Love the hops !!

Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light gold with light white foam. Very mild beer smell. Bright. Taste is on the lighter side with a peppy hop bitter. Fast finish and a peppery leave behind. Mild mellow pale. Well named. Easy going and good for the season.

Poured from bottle into pint glass on 6/13

Photo of jtierney89
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crystal clear golden hue with a bright white head. Light citrus, floral, and grainy notes on the nose.

Very herbal earthy and floral hop presence up front. light biscuity malt presence follows with nice bitternes and clean crisp finish. best starr hill beer i've had yet and definitely would be nice for the summer. nothing crazy but it's decent

Photo of tone77
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A big thanks to the previous reviewer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, a bit of mild citrus. Taste is kind of light, some hops, a touch of citrus, just a bitr on the bland side. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a sessionable beer, but just seemed to be lacking a bit.

Photo of ElderBeagle
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the sampler pack - date 5-9-13

Pours a nice clear yellow with a bit of amber color.

Smells really fresh, citrus, earthy, and just really clean

The taste on this beer matches the smell. Im not sure how else to describe it, it justs tastes very fresh. Nice citrus, piny hops, with a bit of sweet malt to keep it from becoming too bitter. Really smooth drinking beer

Mouthfeel is light to medium and really smooth

Overall this is the best beer I tasted from Starr Hill. Very clean, fresh, and flavorful APA. I could quaff these all day on a nice hot summer day.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pgd. 2/19/14. consumed 6/6/14.

A: Soft glowing sunset orange coloring with a good clarity revealing a quick paced effervesce. Pie crust tinted head is bready in texture, slightly withstanding of average retention. Leaves with a washy lacing.

A: Aroma of fresh wet lemons with a balance of lightly dry straw. Still fairly good natured and strong despite the 4 months layover. Some pine-orange mixture, fresh and wet.

T: The flavor was fresh and wet pine-orange hopping. Some wet citrus with some grassy undertones. Lightly dry hopping, dry grains with background nuances of tropical fruitiness. Flowery edge of grapefruit with a crisp malting.

M: Crisp mouthful, wet hopping quenches the tongue with a refreshing bite.

O: Overall nice and wet flavorful hops, crisp pale malt with a low amount of speciality grains keeping the pale in pale ale. Refreshing easy drinking multiple downer with a strong movement of hops that border on ipa standards.

Photo of smakawhat
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep brass to bronze color, sparkling and crystal clear with some fast rising thin carbonation. Head is fluffy white bleach and bright, with some little bit of peak and valley retention. Settles slowly to an easy half finger tall head.

Good solid nose. Some hints of crispness, but some sweet faint caramel and lots of light toasty brown sugar. Very nice hop angle on this, hinting of citrus and a nice oily sensation. There's a little bit of muddy character though, but it doesn't detract too badly.

Palate hits the right notes. Very nice balanced between sweet malt and citrus hops. There's a tight palate to this on the feel with some sharp carbonation but it's not distracting. Giant minty hop finish and aftertaste mixing with some pine like bitterness. Good malt sweet backbone compliments nicely on the swallow bringing the brown sugar sensations.

Overall this is probably the most pleasant beer I've had from this brewery.

Photo of obywan59
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 7/01/13

Light orange in color and nearly clear with a 1 finger white head that leaves almost no lacing.

Thick and fruity aroma of ripe citrus and tropical fruits, pineapple especially. Warm yeasty dough.

The taste is more subdued. Some lightly sweet malts upfront, but mostly dry, then fruity in the middle with some citric tartness before the bitter hops come to dominate in the end.

Prickly at first, with some light syrup, but drying and astringent. Slightly warming.

Last of the mixed 12 pack, and the best of the bunch as was rated. The Love was the only failure, I'll have to try it again and hope for a fresher sampling. Grateful was very fresh in aroma and taste. While not as complex as some, there was enough going on to make a very satisfying session.

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

I was down in DC two weekends ago to partake of DC Beer Week, which is where I scored this and several other CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest ™.

From the CAN: “Founded in Charlottesville, VA.”; “The Gift of Great Beer. [undersigned] Mark A. Thompson Master Brewer”.

The Crack! was nice and loud so I celebrated with an inverted Glug, which I eventually had to back off of to avoid overflowing. It created two puffy fingers of dense, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 – 5) with NE-quality clarity and so my new friends, Mammon, Midas and Croesus came by for a taste. When it came to my turn, I took a sniff, noting a big grapefruit citrus presence. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was not as pronounced as its smell, but it still had a decent amount of bitterness. I have a feeling that all of the intense AIPAs of late may have dulled my taste buds, diminishing my enjoyment of an APA. I found myself wishing that there was a greater hops presence, but that would be stylistically incorrect. What a CANundrum! Good lacing appeared as I drank it. Finish was semi-dry and quite drinkable. I CAN see putting some in the cooler, but I would probably reach for something hoppier.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug. Pours orange amber with a fluffy white head. Smells of grassiness and earthy hops. Tastes of grassiness and some flowery hops. Beer is carbonated well and light bodied. Overall an above average beer.

Photo of Byrnie-madoff
4.41/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is perfect if you like tasteful simplicity. 100% pilsner malt gives it that classic crisp, clean slight biscuity malt character. The hop character is all floral grassy grapefruit-like resin. Perfect.

Photo of 57md
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a straw color with a half finger of head that dissipates very quickly but leaves some thin lacing behind on the glass. The body is relatively light for the style. The malt in the flavor profile is quite light. The finish is pleasantly hoppy. This is a decent session beer but nothing more than that.

Photo of themind
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours a deep golden color with a nice small head. The aroma quickly identifies itself as a pale ale. The taste is hops with bitterness. I enjoyed this brew, it has crisp carbonation giving a good mouth feel. Thanks to a buddy who traveled more then 600 miles with gaseous fumes and sludge pouring from his body from food poisoning to bring me a bottle of this stuff. As I drink this I can only picture him roaring into the nearest rest stop to blast out another throne and leave his mark.

Here's to you beer man who sh%! his way up the Eastern seaboard to deliver this badboy!

Cheers!

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Beer just became avaliable_ still waiting to try - just adding to Beer Advocate database for now. This is not the previous pale ale (english pale ale) that is retired. Most Starr Hills are of decent quality give this new one from Starr Hill Brewery a try.

Photo of Tim-reed
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

great pale ale here., start with a nice golden to amber color , hoppy aroma with citrus , wonderful blend of citrus with a bite of hopp afterbite that leaves you satsified and refreshed . smooth and yet dry finish . over all nice brew

Photo of MerkinMan
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold and exceedingly clear. White frothy head with some staying power.

S: Citrus hops up front with a light pine / minty quality as well. Light cracker-like malt aroma in the back that is slightly husky rustic grainy. Some very faint fruity (peachy) esters, but way in the back.

T: Citrus and other fruit hop flavors up front followed by great balance with bready malt flavors (bread crust). Finish is bitter -- more reminiscent of a British bitter than an American pale ale. Finish is quite long with lingering bitterness. Very well balanced with the slight tip (aftertaste) toward hop bitterness. Fruity esters are restrained, but there (peachy, slightly apple-like). No diacetyl or DMS in the flavor.

MF: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy with no alcohol heat. Slightly prickly on the tongue, but nicely so. Refreshing / quenching.

O: A great example of a straightforward-not-trying-to-kick-your-ass-or-melt-your-damn-face-off-your-frickin-skull pale ale. There needs to be more beers like this on the market. Highly drinkable, flavorful, and refreshing. I will keep coming back.

Photo of everythingiszen
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Doesn't go overboard with the hops like some pales I could mention (looking at you, Sierra Nevada!). Solid pale, a great buy at the 7-11 around the corner.

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Grateful Pale Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.